Today I’m writing with a slightly different twist.
Zero Waste Week this year is all about reducing food waste and I wonder if you’ve thought about using food to clean your home?
Vinegar, lemons, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and olive oil will all keep your home fresh and clean!
Here are a few recipes to help you clean your home the eco friendly way:
Sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp sponge and scrub away. Baking soda will remove deposits, and after rinsing well with warm water, you’ll be rewarded with a sparkling, clean tub. It is the ideal daily maintenance for your bathtub. Finish with a 50/50 mix of cold water and white vinegar spray to clear any powdery residue and prevent limescale if you live in a hard water area.
Simple fabric softener
Instead of fabric softener in the washing machine, add a cup (225mls) of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar helps to remove soap and detergent residue, and prevents static cling in the dryer.
Sanitising chopping boards
Use salt like a scouring powder to remove odours, clean and disinfect your boards. You can even pour some salt over the cut end of a lemon to make your very own scouring ‘sponge’! Allow the salt to remain in contact with the board for around 10 minutes before rinsing off with very hot water. This solution will remove odours such as garlic, lemon or fish. Be aware that regular salting can dry out wooden boards, so you may need to re-oil them more regularly.
Damp dusting with a cloth soaked in strong black tea is an excellent way to keep on top of the dust mite. Or why not try my olive oil and white vinegar wood ‘food’. Combine 3 parts olive oil with 1 part white vinegar in a bottle and shake to mix. This will create a nourishing product that wood will drink up. Apply this mixture onto wooden furniture with a cloth, rub in and then buff with a dry cloth.
All these recipes are taken from my book “Self Sufficiency – Household Cleaning” which was written in response to the ever-increasing demand from consumers for safe cleaning products and has been translated into French and Italian. Yes, you might need a little extra elbow grease, but you’ll save money, use less chemicals and by making your own products can become more zero waste too. It’s perfect if you or any of your family members suffer from allergies to conventional cleaning products.
Win signed copies of my book
To celebrate Zero Waste Week I’m giving away 6 signed copies of my book. You can enter from anywhere in the world – I’ll ship it to you, personally, from me to you. Yay! If you’re a lucky winner I’ll email you to ask you what you want me to write in it and it will be winging its way to you, promto. From then on, you’ll be able to clean your home without harsh chemicals, save a tonne of money AND reduce waste – what’s not to love?
It’s simple to enter via rafflecopter below. I’ll pick 6 names at random in a week’s time. Good luck!